The two men currently leading the Bundesliga scoring charts, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Anthony Modeste, will go head-to-head on Saturday as Modeste's 1. FC Köln host Aubameyang's Borussia Dortmund (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
Between them, they have netted 27 goals in 13 games. Aubameyang has 15, and Modeste 12 – which is more than FC Augsburg (11), SV Darmstadt 98 (11), Hamburger SV (10) and FC Ingolstadt 04 (10) have managed as a team. Ahead of their heavyweight clash this weekend, bundesliga.com takes a closer look at the duo leading the charge for the 2016/17 Torjägerkanone.
The Gabonese international just cannot seem to stop scoring. Having set the tone with a brace against 1. FSV Mainz 05 on the opening day, Aubameyang has been a model of consistency, never going successive Bundesliga games without finding the back of the net. There were further braces against VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach, as well as a remarkable four-goal salvo at Hamburg.
Aubameyang also has a useful habit of scoring when it matters. He grabbed the only goal of the game in Der Klassiker, handing Dortmund a first home league victory over FC Bayern München since April 2012. He has also notched four goals in five UEFA Champions League outings, scoring in both encounters with Real Madrid CF (2-2, 2-2) to help BVB progress as Group F winners.
The Bundesliga's leading scorer has netted against 15 of the 18 sides currently in the top flight, but Köln are a notable exception. He has already scored when lined up against Modeste – in both of AS Saint-Etienne's wins over SC Bastia during the 2012/13 Ligue 1 season – and now he is keen to break his Bundesliga duck against the Billy Goats. With eight goals in his last four league games, you wouldn't bet against him.
Unlike Aubameyang, Modeste has already scored against his opponents on Saturday. The Frenchman was on target in both meetings with Dortmund last term, scoring a late winner off the bench in a 2-1 home victory, and equalising in a 2-2 draw at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
The Billy Goats are enjoying a four-match unbeaten run against the Black-and-Yellows, and are yet to lose a game at the RheinEnergieSTADION this season – although they will be keen to bounce back after last weekend's heavy loss at the hands of Modeste's former club, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
The hosts will thus be counting on Modeste to add to his 12-goal haul. Like Aubameyang, the 28-year-old has been consistent throughout the campaign, having also opened his account on the opening day. And like Aubameyang, his best performance came against Hamburg, with a hat-trick on Matchday 9.
For the first time this season, Modeste has gone two Bundesliga games without scoring, against Augsburg and Hoffenheim. The Frenchman has been nursing a minor knee injury in training this week, but he will be determined to battle his way to full fitness and get back among the goals on Saturday – both to boost his side's European hopes, and to close the gap on Aubameyang.